What. A. Comeback.
After sweeping Tennessee in the SEC Opening Weekend, Mizzou Baseball has now lost 16 out of their last 18 conference games — seeing their at-large regional hopes fade away and are now on the outside looking in to make Hoover.
However, Missouri isn’t completely eliminated from the postseason yet as they began a pivotal series yesterday against the defending National Champion Ole Miss Rebels at Taylor Stadium.
In a series where the desperately need to take two out of three at the very least, the Tigers drew first blood to set the tone for this series.
It took a huge comeback effort to do so. According to the SEC Network broadcast, it was their largest comeback victory since 2019 vs Tennessee.
With an 11-9 series opening victory over Ole Miss, Mizzou scored nine unanswered runs after trailing 9-2 entering the Bottom of the 6th inning.
M-I-Z! ⚾️ pic.twitter.com/HwnPu4GUra— Mizzou Baseball (@MizzouBaseball) May 5, 2023
M-I-Z‼️@MizzouBaseball overcomes a 7-run deficit to get the win against Ole Miss ⚾️ pic.twitter.com/RWl7i6Keng— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) May 5, 2023
The Tigers got the 6th inning rally started with a lead-off home run by senior leader Luke Mann — which moved him into a tie for third place on Mizzou’s all-time HR list with 43.
Lift off, Luke Mann! @super_MANN11 goes deep for career homer No. 43, moving him into a tie for third place on #Mizzou's all-time HR list.#MIZ | #C2E pic.twitter.com/gsyC1AtPN1— Mizzou Baseball (@MizzouBaseball) May 5, 2023
Freshman Dalton Bargo’s three-run HR made it a 9-8 game.
Tigers strike back with 6⃣ runs, including this three-run Dalton Bargo blast! #MIZ | #C2E pic.twitter.com/uedluM4lMs— Mizzou Baseball (@MizzouBaseball) May 5, 2023
Who led off the Bottom of the 7th to tie the game at 9-9? Luke Mann, of course!
Deja vu...Luke "Skywalker" Mann goes deep to tie this one up! #MIZ | #C2E pic.twitter.com/IVwfV2dEaB— Mizzou Baseball (@MizzouBaseball) May 5, 2023
The underrated play of the game may have been Ty Wilmsmeyer’s catch in center field to rob a home run — keeping the game tied in the Top of the 8th.
Nothin' to it for Ty...@Ty_Wilms robs the Rebs at the wall! ⚾️#MIZ | #C2E pic.twitter.com/njiuSJTp5m— Mizzou Baseball (@MizzouBaseball) May 5, 2023
Shortstop Matt Garcia, the graduate transfer from Bethune-Cookman, had the biggest hit of the game with an opposite-field two-run HR with two outs in the Bottom of the 8th to take an 11-9 lead.
BOOM! Matt Garcia goes deep to put #Mizzou on top! ⚾️#MIZ | #C2# pic.twitter.com/TMbyLta8Yu— Mizzou Baseball (@MizzouBaseball) May 5, 2023
With the win, Mizzou improved to 26-19 overall (6-16 SEC) on the season. The Tigers are currently 1⁄2 game behind Mississippi State for the final spot in Hoover. The Bulldogs host No. 6 Arkansas this weekend.
Mizzou’s LHP Javyn Pimental vs Ole Miss’ RHP JT Quinn are the scheduled starters for Game 2 of the series — 6 pm CST first pitch on SEC Network-plus at Taylor Stadium.
If you left the ballpark early, you missed a great comeback ! Down seven, #Mizzou scored 9 unanswered. The Tigers hit five home runs to muscle their way past a talented Ole Miss squad (the defending NCAA champs!).— Matt Michaels (@MattAndAMic) May 5, 2023
Come out to Taylor tomorrow night & support the club! #MIZ #C2E https://t.co/LcpcjT4NDy
Here’s Kortay on the win:
#Mizzou baseball needs to win it’s next three series, desperately. They got off to a fantastic start tonight with a massive comeback victory. Could this be exactly what the Tigers need to get back on track?— Kortay Vincent (@KortayVincent) May 5, 2023
And how close is Luke Mann to being Mizzou’s all-time home run leader? TR Robertson has you covered!
According to the 2023 Media Guide— TR Robertson (@trripleplay) May 5, 2023
1. 49 Jacob Priday
2. 45 Mike Rogers
3. 43 Luke Mann
4. 42 Aaron Senne & Ryan Fryhttps://t.co/dpJuGHE0x5 https://t.co/68vJ9wxIOj
1. 49 Jacob Priday— TR Robertson (@trripleplay) May 5, 2023
2. 45 Mike Rogers
3. 44 Luke Mann
4. 42 Aaron Senne & Ryan Fry
Onto the links. M-I-Z!
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Bell is a tough, two-way big who averaged 4.8PPG and 5.2RPG last season for the Mountaineers. Competes on both ends of the floor. pic.twitter.com/uvBdB3vGDe
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Jo ⭕️— Mizzou Softball (@MizzouSoftball) May 4, 2023
Today for , we honor Lee's Summit, Missouri, pitcher Jordan Weber‼️ #OwnIt #MIZ | @jordan_weberr pic.twitter.com/Scf2fJuymQ
PJ ✈️— Mizzou Softball (@MizzouSoftball) May 4, 2023
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Excelling on and off the floor.— Mizzou Gymnastics (@MizzouGym) May 4, 2023
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